You’ve gone through all the effort of making pizza at home and the next step is to actually divide that puppy up. But how do you do it without turning your perfect creation into a slaughtered mess of sauce and cheese? The answer, of course, is a pizza cutter, which allows you to smoothly slice into a long expanse of crust.
The classic handled wheel design has been performing this function for a long time now, which is why we're especially partial to Progressive International’s PL8(available at Amazon). In addition to making short work of pizza, it’s actually surprisingly versatile, as it slides seamlessly though different kinds of dough. So is it really necessary to reinvent the wheel? From scissors to rocker blades, we explore this question further with our exhaustive guide to pizza cutters.
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Progressive PL8 Artisan Pizza Wheel
Out of all the cutters we found, the PL8 definitely feels the most substantial. Composed of an 18/10 stainless steel blade, a silicone-coated handle, and a zinc cutter body, it's appealingly weighty in the hand yet perfectly in balance and comfortable to use. All in all, this translates to one highly efficient cutter. It easily makes it through thick, bubbled pizzas, topping-laden flatbreads, and seeded cracker dough in single, unbroken strokes.
There's even a hub on that wheel that you can hook onto a hot oven rack, which helps you easily retrieve and cut your pie. Who said pizza cutters were one-trick ponies? It also cleans easily, by either hand or machine, and has a snug-fitting blade cover—a safety precaution that, surprisingly, isn’t a common-sense addition to most pizza slicers.
You may have seen scissors popping up alongside uncut pies at restaurants, as they create an interactive experience for diners and are especially adept at cleanly dividing even slices. DreamFarm’s Scizza Pizza Scissors are ideal for throwing an equally communal experience at home. Not only are they fun to use, but they’re also excellent in practice.
They boast 12-inch hardened German stainless steel blades that can make it through even the gooiest, hot-from-the-oven cheese. The nylon non-stick base won’t scratch surfaces and, since it’s flat like a spatula, can even be used to serve too. Just be aware that scissors aren’t as adaptable as your standard wheel, so you can’t cut raw dough with them. We also find them trickier to clean (they didn’t emerge spotless from the dishwasher) as well as to store since they don’t come with a protective cover.
Nothing is more frustrating than hacking away at the puffy outer crust. While the Pampered Chef’s well-balanced 4-inch wheel sails seamlessly through pizzas, we still appreciate the additional square blade on the other side, designed to slice even the toughest crusts into submission. The only issue is that—while the wheel comes with a protective cover—the outer blade does not, which makes us wonder how safe it is to store inside a drawer.
Made of stainless steel and equipped with a cushioned handle, the OXO has a lot going for it. There's even a die-cast zinc thumb guard to keep your digits away from the blade. Too bad that thoughtfulness doesn’t extend to storage, as there’s no cover to help you put it away safely. And while it’s really great at what it does, it doesn’t quite match the power of our top pick or have any extra features.
Our favorite thing about Kitchy is that the protective cover is part of the design. You simply slide it open to use it and then close it when you're done. You don’t have to ever worry about losing it. It also fits seamlessly in the palm of your hand, which is part of the appeal of wheel-less models and takes up minimal space in the drawer. It isn't the most effective slicer, though, and you may have to make repeat cuts in order to slice your pizza.
While most of us are familiar with the standard handled wheel, methods and modes for cutting pizzas have really evolved over the years. The most notable additions to the market are non-handled wheels (easy to store and ergonomic), scissors (fun to use and good for creating incredibly straight and even slices), and rocking blades, for when you’re looking to exert shear force on your dinner.
What Size Should You Chose?
Depending on the average dimensions of what you’re looking to slice, dinky blades can be woefully inefficient while larger ones can be overkill. And besides obvious considerations like usability, durability, and storability, we’d say safety is key in the world of pizza cutters. After all, we’re talking about sharp blades, meaning it’s imperative that you’re never at risk of injuring yourself while actively cutting a pizza or reaching into the depths of your kitchen drawers.
Sarah Zorn is a food writer, cookbook author, and product tester for Reviewed, Wirecutter and the Food Network. She regularly contributes to outlets such as Saveur, Esquire, and Civil Eats, and has very much passed her food obsessions down, as her beloved rescue hound, Rowdy, regularly deglazes his kibble bowl.
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